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Cat scratch disease sepsis in an immunocompromised patient
  1. Sunil James and
  2. Karunakaran Pradeep Thozhuthumparambil
  1. Acute Medical Unit, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, Birmingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sunil James; sunil.james1{at}


As a greater number of households have pets, the likelihood of zoonotic infections can rise too. Although in most healthy individuals these infections are self-limiting, they are more serious and can lead to adverse outcomes in the immunocompromised. There is minimal information available for the immunocompromised patient who are pet owners or on pet handling. We report a case of cat scratch disease-related sepsis in an immunocompromised patient. This case illustrates the need for a detailed history, including a pet history, in immunocompromised patients presenting with fever of unknown origin and the need for UK-based information for the immunocompromised on pet care and risks associated with having a pet.

  • immunological products and vaccines
  • infections
  • general guidance on prescribing

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  • Contributors SJ drafted the initial paper and created/edited the images. KPT edited the draft. Both SJ and KPT agreed on the final draft.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer-reviewed.